Your opinion of the SW99
I have been thinking about getting the SW99. It is the SW/Walther joint production of the Walther P99.
The P99AS is a sweet pistol and providing the SW99 holds the production quality of the WP99AS it should be a good gun too at possibly a few hundred less than its Walther brethren.
I have read up on the SW as much as I can find, which aint much. That being the case, what are your feelings on this pistol.
Originally Posted by Freedom1911
I had a P99/AS, and a P99/AS.. Both were excellent pistols.. My buddy was so impressed with my P99/AS that he tried to buy one for himself (this was a couple of years ago), but they were few and far between so he bought a new SW99..
He and I shot our P99/SW99's head to head more than once, and could discern no appreciable difference in performance either as to accuracy or reliability..
FWIW, the P99 as imported by S&W is warranted by S&W for one year.. The SW99 comes with a LIFETIME warranty, again by S&W.
I'd recommend the SW99 in a heartbeat, but I've heard not so good things about the SW990, altho I have no personal experience with that model.
Yah, had my hands on the SW990 a few days ago and it does not have the AS type trigger. So I passed.
I really like the Walther P99AS and was looking for the Smith equivalent.
Good to hear that they are at least as good as the Walthers.
I hear the SW99 are out of production. The few new ones are running at a premium and used ones are hard to come by. That being the case I wonder why Smith took them out of production.
[QUOTE=Freedom1911 That being the case I wonder why Smith took them out of production.[/QUOTE]
Just a guess, but the SW99 (SW990) were the red-headed stepchildren I believe and the folks at S&W never fully committed to them.. Then when the winds started blowing the MP series, the SW99 was just tossed aside.
My understanding is that the only primary differences between the P99 made in Germany, and the U.S. S&W produced SW99 were that S&W used their own slides and barrels, the rest of the SW99 was pure Walther design.
In my dealings with S&W CS (on a pos Walther PPS) I was distinctly given the impression that while someone in power (headquarters) made the deal for S&W to import the P99's/PPS's and swap off the PPK's to S&W the rank and file never had their hearts in it.
The M&P came along, was a commerical success and the SW99/SW990 was deemed redundant and so was dropped.
I could be wrong, but that's just the way it sounded when I spoke to a couple of S&W folks.
P.S. My buddy loves his SW99..
Wouldn't doubt. Personally I'd like to see Springfield take over the Walther contract.
I have always felt that SW did not have it's heart in the contract with Walther.
Springfield has done a tremendous job promoting the HS2000 in to the XD line and XDm.
I am sure they could do the same with Walther without rebranding it.
Thats just me.
My ffl is looking for a SW99 in 9mm but is not sure if he will be able to find one.
I own the SW99 in 40 cal. The gun is great, and very accurate. Won't be turning it lose any time soon. Fun to shoot as well.
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